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. if the syrian rebels to apple the government in damascus, they will work in concert with iraq's minority population to further destabilize his government. theour final mth is that isericans already -- myth the americans have already left. >> we have hundreds of personnel there. there is an american presence in iraq. >> your personal reaction to general petraeus's situation when he had to leave the cia and hadley mcchrystal when he to leave his post. what was your personal reaction? >> i was surprised by both. , a man who preaches great virtue. talk a lot about the importance of character. it was not something i expected. i am not the only one among the people who knew him to have been deeply surprised and saddened by that. i spent a lot of time with them. to say that did i was surprised his public affairs officer would not such particular ground rules with the reporter and i was give aed that he did not good spanking. instead, the president accepted his offer of resignation. >> when he wrote his book, he never named michael hastings. was that a smart thing to do? she never really explain
this apple, and there will be things we learned in that five-year period. but this is critical for america. if this were a physical attack on the country, there would be no question that the federal government through its military would stand in the breach and protect the country. there are no less dangerous attacks conducted against infrastructure, banks, airlines, other things every single day we are table help protect the private sector from and this bill goes a long way toward doing that i urge my colleagues to support the rule and the underlying bill and i yield back. thank you for the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida. mr. hastings: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm privileged to yield five minutes to the distinguished gentleman from colorado, my colleague on the rules ommittee, mr. polis. the speaker pro tempore: the secret is recognized. mr. polis: where to -- the gentleman is recognized. mr. polis: where to begin. this is a critical issue for the country, getting the balance right between protecting american fra structure, our way of life, and yet this rule only
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